Friday, 9 December 2011

Perak signs players from Serbia and Slovakia

Perak have gone for an Eastern European flavour for the new Super League campaign which kicks off on Jan 10.

With the FA of Malaysia (FAM) deciding to open the door to foreign players again after a lapse of four years, Perak have signed up Slovakian midfielder Michal Kubaka and Serbian hitman Lazza Popovic to lead their challenge.

The duo did enough to impress coach Norizan Bakar after a brief trial with the team earlier this week.

 “We may have only seen them in action briefly during our friendlies against Sime Darby and Armed Forces a few days ago but I was quite impressed with what I saw,” Norizan said in a telephone interview from Ipoh yesterday.

“I hope they can adapt to the conditions here and click with the other players.”

Popovic, 28, who played for FK Zeljeznica in the Serbian League for the last three seasons, is a towering 1.89m striker while 31-year-old Slovakian midfielder Kubaka has just completed a stint in the Romanian League.

Norizan has also roped in five local players to beef up Perak’s challenge. They are former Kuala Lumpur skipper Mohd Shahrom Kalam and his team-mate Fahrul Razi Kamaruddin; Mohd Rafiuddin Roddin (Harimau Muda), Mohd Badrul Azam Zamri (Felda United) and Mohd Failee Ghazali (USM FC).

With about a month to go before the Super League season starts, Norizan has wasted no time in getting his new signings into shape, working them hard on the field and in the gym. Norizan also plans to take his team on a playing tour of Indonesia.

“But we have yet to finalise the dates,” he said.

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